Geodecision 2019


Geodecision for Sustainable Communities

Porto, Portugal

9-11 October 2019


Geodecision for Sustainable Communities

Over the years geospatial information has increased its importance and organizations are adding location services to support citizens, businesses and policymakers. Location is a fundamental attribute and decisions based on geospatial information – Geodecisions – are becoming the core of new opportunities and improved strategies.


But location is no longer reserved for professionals who work with geospatial information. Due to easier access to low-cost equipment (smartphones, tablets, portable computers) and increased availability of the internet, most of the population can now easily add the “where is?” or the “what is the best route?” to their searches. They are becoming Geodecision makers too.


In the first Geodecision meeting, held in 2014, the participants were asked to contribute to the definition of the verb To Geodecide which resulted in a short description: the act of deciding based on georeferenced information.

Emerging technologies and the recent realities such as the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence are modeling how businesses are done and are pushing geodecisions to new domains. In 2019, the participants of the Geodecision 2019 meeting are invited to discuss and update the definition of To Geodecide.


The Geodecision 2019 meeting will follow the idea of “Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, a Development Goal for 2030 announced by the United Nations.

Geodecision 2019 will also discuss how communities are implementing policies to become more efficient, how they are adapting to climate change and how they are becoming incubators for innovations contributing to economic prosperity and well-being.

Professionals (geo-data producers, software developers, and leading manufacturers, services providers, mid and end users) are welcome to present their work, projects and achievements in the overall theme of Geodecision for Sustainable Communities.


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Geodecision 2019 is organized with the support of






When, Where

When: 9-11 October 2019 (2.5 days).

Geodecision will precede the 6th FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting. These events will have a joint session on the 11th of October, in the morning.


Where: Geodecision 2019 will take place in the EDP Auditorium, a brand a new building with a contemporary feel right next to the well known Porto's Casa da Música. The conference venue will host not only the Geodecision participants but also the YSEM meeting.



EDP Auditorium

R. Ofélia Diogo Costa, 45



41.159335, -8.6319712








By Car: The EDP Auditorium is a 20-minute car drive from the Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto)



Public transportation:

The closest subway stop is Casa da Música (please check the subway network map here). From there it is a 400 m walk (5 minutes) to the EDP Auditorium.

The closest bus stop is Boavista - Casa da Música (for best route and timetable, please check the STCP website).


Geodecision 2019 final programme is available! Download it 






Round table - Sustainability in Geo-enabled Organizations

The factor Location, facilitated by increasingly integrated technologies, has become strategic. Because of this, organizations are including geospatial information as part of their business processes:  they are becoming "geo-enabled organizations". Advanced organizations like EDP Produção, Pragrosa Group or Digital Living Services are voluntarily implementing a broad range of sustainability practices. In this round table we will hear from their representatives the difficulties of adopting these practices, the main successes achieved, how the geographic information is contributing to the sustainability objectives of their organizations. See the participants in the programme (pdf file)

  • Resources Management

  • Infrastructures efficiency

  • Facility management

  • Key Performance Indicators assessment

  • Environmental impact assessment

  • Circular Economy business models

  • Volunteered Geographic Information

  • Collaboration for Sustainable Development

  • Smart mobility

  • Citizen insights for a Smart Community

  • Modeling and Scenario Development


He received his BSc & MSc in Civil Engineering & Construction Management from METU, Turkey and PhD in Construction Innovation and Technology Management from Loughborough University, in the UK. He worked for the largest private contractor in the UK for major projects in diverse sectors.
He used to work in the Middle East region for mega projects as Client representative with government and private sector ecosystem/ authorities to manage large scale airports & infrastructure investments across the lifecycle with Integrated Digital Solutions.

His most recent role as being CTO (Chief Technical Officer) of Istanbul New Airport; he managed and delivered one of World’s largest airport scope & project from design to operations in Digital Environment managing the design & engineering; project management/control; Quality assurance/control; Claims & Contract Management with executive stakeholder management including Lender’s technical & commercial team; contractor’s team and relevant concessionaires.

Recently; he established a Global Ecosystem called Digital Living Services as being the Chairman with a track record of $30+ billion mega-projects delivery globally. He shared all experiences and knowledge with his journal papers and a recent book named as ‘Airport BIM’.
He is continuously involved in R&D studies and Technology Development Platforms for the future applications of Digital Twins associated with AI; Big Data analytics and advanced computing in Engineering and Asset Management. He already managed 30+ MSc & PhD students in many countries Worldwide. He worked for academic institutions & posts in the UK and UAE; currently continues his academic post as Assoc. Prof. at Faculty of Engineering and Information Science; University of Wollongong in Dubai.

Vice-President and City Councilor of Innovation and Environment at Porto City Council.

City Councilor of Innovation and Environment at Porto City Council (mandate 2013-2017)

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Agência de Energia do Porto.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Associação Porto Digital.

Chairman of the General Assembly of Empresa Municipal de Ambiente do Porto, EM, SA.

Member of the Board of Directors of LIPOR.

President of the Eurocities network Environment Forum.

Vice-President of the Eurocities network Environment Forum (2016-2018).

Advisory Board Member of the Associação Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento das Comunicações.

Advisory Board Member of the MIL (Media Innovation Labs) of the University of Porto.

Member of the Innovation Advisory Board of the University of Porto.

Bachelor's Degree in Electrotechnical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto.

M.Sc. in Telecommunications UMIST - University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, UK.

Invited Professor at Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (2007-2011). 

Deputy in the Council Assembly of Porto (2005-2009).

Senior technician in a telecommunications company.

Member of the Board of Directors of Fundação da Juventude (2007-2013).

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolf STAIGER is teaching Surveying Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany). His areas of special interest are instrumentation and calibration of geodetic sensors, Laser scanning and data analysis.

Rudolf spent 6 years in industry with KERN and Leica-Geosystems (both in Switzerland) as Systems Engineer, Product Manager and Software Developer. From 1994 to 2005, he was teaching Surveying Engineering at the University of Essen (Germany). Since then he teaches in Bochum where he also served as Vice-President of the University for Research & Transfer (2009-2016).

Since 2019, Rudolf is the President of FIG (Internationale Federation of Surveyors). From 2011 until 2018 he was acting as Vice-President of FIG. From 2007 to 2011, he was the Chair of Commission 5 (Positioning and Measurement). Rudolf’s language abilities are German, French and English.

Assistant Professor of Geospatial Engineering at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), specialist in Geodesy and Hydrography;
Degree in Geographic Engineering from FCUL in 1990 and PhD in Physical Geodesy by the Technical University of Graz, Austria, in 2004.

His work as a researcher has been devoted to the study of sea level rise as a consequence of the climate changes and its impacts on coastal zones in terms of vulnerability and risk assessment, and also to the study of the correlation between economic growth and global warming;
He has 20 scientific articles in international journals, about 30 invited lectures, and about 70 other oral and poster communications at national and international conferences. His dissemination activity has also reached the general public: he has more than 30 press clippings/participations about Sea Level Rise and coastal risk, on TV's, radios and newspapers.

He is a Senior Member of the College of Geographic Engineering (CGE) of the Portuguese Association of Engineers, where he was a member elected from the National and Regional Councils of the CGE between 2006 and 2016.


Nigel leads and manages a range of RICS industry forums, whose function is to monitor market trends/ industry issues, shape industry best practice, raise standards and develop policy; achieved through extensive collaboration with subject matter experts, industry influencers and public consultation. He has joint responsibility for (and input into) the guidance notes, journals, articles and forums produced and managed by these groups.

Nigel has contributed to raising the profile of RICS externally, being published/quoted in a number of industry outlets (Property Week and Estates Gazette) and speaking at a number of international industry / RICS conferences including MIPIM and FIG.


Instructions for Authors




















Make your registration here.

Register for the round table here.

To attend the round table registration is required (needed only if you are not attending the Geodecision 2019 Meeting)


  • Authors must register and pay before the 16th of September 2019 (deadline for early bird registration)

  • The Regular fee and Student fee includes participation in the social activity, coffee breaks (5) and lunches (2).

  • Registrations made during the early bird period must be paid until 15th of September 2019. Otherwise, the standard fee applies.

  • Students include bachelor and master enrolled in a college or university. Up-To-Date proof of status from the Registrar’s office is required to process your registration.

    • If you register as a student, please send proof of your student status to The registration will be accepted after this document is received.

  • If payment is made by bank transfer we must receive a copy of the bank transfer document, as proof of payment, by the payment deadline.




  • Up to 9th of September 2019: paid registration fee is fully refunded

  • Up to 2th of October 2019: 50% of the registration fee is reimbursed

  • After 2th of October 2019: no refund

Bank transfer expenses are applied


No refund is due to registered participants who fail to attend.


The registration can be transferred to another person at no cost until the 2nd of October 2019.


Cancellation policy


Geodecision invites you to participate more actively!

Do you have interesting work to share with others? A good idea to present to the community?

Contact us with your presentation proposal and join a large community of geodecision-makers in Porto, next October.

Check the procedures below.


The Organizing Committee of Geodecision 2019 accepts abstracts that will be considered for oral presentations.


An author/co-author can present a maximum of two papers.


Abstracts must be written in English, submitted in Word Format with a maximum of two pages. Template available here.

The submission of all the information is done using exclusively EasyChair. To start the submission process, click here.

Further access to EasyChair must be done using the Easychair global website:


Before you submit your abstract provide us its title, the name of the authors and a short description of the work so we can check if the abstract will be in accordance with the themes of Geodecision 2019.


As a FIG event, Geodecision 2019 follows the common practice of the Federation:

- the articles will be available online after the event

- the online publication will receive an ISBN



If you need to have a paper with peer-review or if you have any inquiries regarding abstract submission contact



TAP Portugal, the Portuguese airline, has agreed to offer a discount to the participants of the Geodecision 2019 who make their flight booking and buy their ticket exclusively through TAP Portugal’s website.


The discounts offered are the following:

  • up to 10% in economy class

  • up to 15% in business class


The code IT19TPCG130 has been given to this event and must be mentioned when making the booking in order to benefit from the discount.


To make the booking, the participant should follow these steps:

  • enter the website

  • select flights and dates

  • insert the event code in the Promotion/Congress Code Box, located on the left side of the webpage






For more important information please download the official TAP flyer for the event



In case of questions, please contact TAP Portugal by the following email:


6th Young Surveyors European Meeting


What will happen?


The 6th Young Surveyors European Meeting (6YSEM) is a two-day event that provides an environment for Young Surveyors from different cultures, countries, academic qualifications, and professional experience to discuss the issues facing their region, and plan for a resilient future. 6YSEM will be held alongside Geodecision for Sustainable Communities Meeting. “Over the years Geospatial Information has increased its importance and organizations are adding location services to support citizens, businesses and policy makers. Location is a fundamental attribute and decisions based on geospatial information – Geodecisions – are becoming the core of new opportunities and improved strategies.” We are using the term IoT to describe new and innovative ways to integrate physical samples in the Earth Sciences into the emerging digital infrastructures that are developed to support research and education in the Geosciences. 


Why attend?


6th YSEM aims to place a forum where the foremost academic scientists, geomatics engineering and young researchers from all over the world together where they will to exchange and share their experiences and research results. The conference will be the leading forum for all recent advancements in geosciences. It will promote the science of geosciences and closely related fields of study and promote the knowledge of the professionals of geosciences from all over the world. The important features of this conference are well organized workshops, events and symposia, poster presentations and world-class exhibits, panel discussions & interactive sessions, collaborative research opportunities. 



We welcome all Geodecision participants and contributors to join us at the 6th Young Surveyors European Meeting, on the 11th and 12th of October. All members of the Organizing Committee look forward to meeting you in Porto, Portugal.  


More information here:






Local Organizers

Technical Program Chair